This year marks the 50th anniversary of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. The day marks the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on May 17, 1865 when the first international Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. May 17 celebrates the constant evolution of one of the most important factors of our lives: communication. The main goal of WTD is to highlight the importance of communication and how information travels across the world. It also aims to increase awareness of how crucial communication is in our lives, and stimulate the development of technologies in the field.
ITU was founded to facilitate international connectivity in communications networks. They allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. Every time you make a mobile phonecall, access the Internet or send an email, you are benefitting from the work of ITU. They are committed to connecting all the world’s and everyone’s right to communicate. ITU was present throughout all the great breakthroughs in communication – the invention of the telephone in 1876, the launch of the first satellite in 1957 and, ultimately, the birth of the Internet in the 60s.